Theresa May, the Tory Party and the Centre Ground: a Case of the Emperor’s New Clothes?
This time last year, I was writing about Cameron’s clever attempt to move the Conservative Party into the centre ground of politics, left wide open by Labour’s shift to the left. Yet, somehow, the policies brought forward by Cameron and Osborne never really lived up to the promise. Prioritising the elimination of the deficit, harsh Tory cuts particularly from the welfare budget and local government – were seen to hit those most in need. Not only did they fail to eliminate the deficit, but people did not feel that ‘we’re in this together’. Twelve months on, the Tories have a new leader, and Britain its second female Prime Minister. How would she position the party? Was it to be continuity or a departure from the Cameron and Osborne era?